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Mary Elizabeth Murphy (née Clarke) was born January 22nd, 1919 at home in Uxbrige, Ontario. She was raised on a farm 4 miles outside of Uxbridge, living there from 1920-1937. In 1937 she went into nurses’ training at the Toronto Western Hospital, graduating in 1940.
Mary’s first nursing position after graduation was tending to a mix of medical and surgical patients on the 10th floor of the Toronto Western Hospital. From 1943-1949 she was an Occupational Health Nurse at Lever Brothers. From 1953-1959 she was a casual part-time float nurse at the Toronto East General Hospital. She later worked from 1972-1992 as a permanent part-time nurse in Toronto East General Hospital’s ICU/CCU.
Married in 1947, Mary had 3 children.
Mary won many sports medals in her youth and is a very active senior. She is noted to be very dedicated and proud of the fine art of “bedside nursing”. Patients would often ask for her by name, compliment her on her caring touch, and on more than one occasion called her their “saving angel”. She would love to still be working and has been a mentor for many new graduates. She is also known to some as “Mother Mary.” She currently resides in Pefferlaw, Ontario.
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Fonds consists of 4 file folders of lecture notes that Mary took while a student at the Toronto Western Hospital Training School for Nurses. While mostly hand-written notes and sketches, some typewritten class handouts, publications, and exam booklets are also included. Each original file folder was annotated on the front to indicate contents or provide personal comments about the course. The portion of the original file folder with Mary’s personal annotations have been included within the contents of the corresponding file. These records are significant as they represent the learning experience of a typical nursing student from the Toronto Western Hospital in the late 1930s.
File 1.2 includes the booklet “Intestinal and Bowel Management” copyright 1928, Deshell Laboratories, Inc., Chicago; The Toronto Family Court Report for the Year 1939; and copies of the Examination for the Registration of Nurses in the Province of Ontario from 1930, 1935, 1937, 1939, and 1940.
File 1.4 includes notes on professional problems, ethics, two case histories and an exam paper.
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